Friday, 9 December 2011

                         The New User Interface "WINDOWS 8"


Windows 8 will integrate with personal and tablet computers and will be able to handle the traditional mouse-and-keyboard attachment in addition to touchscreen interaction. There’s also good news for you developers out there; you’ll be able to use things like HTML 5 and JavaScript to produce applications for Windows 8.


Windows 8 start screen

The newest edition of Windows presents a critical change in the way that Microsoft handles their Windows products. The company hasn’t made such drastic changes to the operating system since its inception of Windows 95.






The New User Interface

Al Hilwa, program director at IDC, comments on the new user interface, "It looks like the user interface is a winner, building on the differentiated and well-received Windows Phone 7 UI, except with bigger and richer tiles." "Feedback from everybody I've talked to is very good, and the only downside is folks would like to see Windows 8 this year instead of in 2012," Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group remarked.

Microsoft hasn’t released much more information on the system; they’re pointing all questions toward the OS’s website. In an attempt to build speculation for the OS, Microsoft held a briefing at the D9 Conference. Microsoft made comments suggesting that Windows 8 is pointed towards moving from touch-only small screens to large screens.

Enderle makes another comment regarding the new user interface, "The big UI change is to make it work seamlessly between tablets and PCs, and it seems to anticipate that most PCs will be touch," "Clearly Microsoft is trying to get ahead of where Apple is going," he continued.

Internet Explorer 10 will come along with Windows 8. I’m certain that if you’re a Windows user that you’re quite familiar with the “Start” menu in the lower-left corner. Well the new Windows OS will be ditching that in favor of a customizable app screen.


WINDOWS 8 preview presentation


Windows 8 and Applications

Windows 8 will support normal Windows applications and apps written in HTML 5 and JavaScript. Microsoft commented that the new Windows 8 applications will have the ability to utilize a more extensive number of libraries and controls.Applications that are tailored specifically for Windows 8 will be able to enhance the operating system and add new applications through the user interface.

Some confusion arises because of the OS’s ability to work with both tablets and personal computers. This will undoubtedly leave some software developers confused as to whether they’ll have to write separate apps for use with both devices or if just one application will suffice.

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